On Today’s Gospel

Posted: October 15, 2021 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Holy Communion with the Lord our God is not a weekly affair but a daily one. For separated from Him we have no life! That is why we must resist sin and sinful living.

We remain One Body in Him through Holy Eucharist for that is why He gives freely of Himself to us. So that receiving Him through divine grace we are nourished and strengthened to resist all evil and to live life to the full in Him. If we cannot receive Him at Holy Eucharist daily now, then we can still remain in full union with Him through His Word, prayer and by living in the Spirit; resisting with all our might unspiritual things.

Lord Jesus cover me with Your precious Blood, cleanse me so that I may be white as snow and protect me from all evil. So that I may live freely to do Your Will always. Amen

First reading

Romans 8:22-27 ·

The Spirit himself expresses our plea in a way that could never be put into words

From the beginning till now the entire creation, as we know, has been groaning in one great act of giving birth; and not only creation, but all of us who possess the first-fruits of the Spirit, we too groan inwardly as we wait for our bodies to be set free. For we must be content to hope that we shall be saved – our salvation is not in sight, we should not have to be hoping for it if it were – but, as I say, we must hope to be saved since we are not saved yet – it is something we must wait for with patience.

    The Spirit too comes to help us in our weakness. For when we cannot choose words in order to pray properly, the Spirit himself expresses our plea in a way that could never be put into words, and God who knows everything in our hearts knows perfectly well what he means, and that the pleas of the saints expressed by the Spirit are according to the mind of God.

Gospel

John 15:1-8

I am the vine, you are the branches

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘I am the true vine,

and my Father is the vinedresser.

Every branch in me that bears no fruit

he cuts away,

and every branch that does bear fruit

he prunes to make it bear even more.

You are pruned already,

by means of the word that I have spoken to you.

Make your home in me, as I make mine in you.

As a branch cannot bear fruit all by itself,

but must remain part of the vine,

neither can you unless you remain in me.

I am the vine,

you are the branches.

Whoever remains in me, with me in him,

bears fruit in plenty;

for cut off from me you can do nothing.

Anyone who does not remain in me

is like a branch that has been thrown away – he withers;

these branches are collected and thrown on the fire,

and they are burnt.

If you remain in me

and my words remain in you,

you may ask what you will

and you shall get it.

It is to the glory of my Father that you should bear much fruit,

and then you will be my disciples.’

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